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Heartbroken South Side alderman doesn’t understand looting – or police response: ‘I think we should have had a better plan’
It took Ald. Howard Brookins Jr. the better part of two terms to convince Walmart to locate a store in
his 21st Ward, but it took looters only a couple of hours to destroy it.
On Monday, an extremely frustrated Brookins lamented the extensive damage to businesses in his South Side ward and questioned why police had not done more to prevent it.
Brookins estimated 95% of stores that sell merchandise in the ward were hit by looters over the weekend.
Jewel, Home Depot, Marshalls, Dollar Tree, Dollar Store, Walgreen’s and TCF Bank were among those suffering extensive losses, to name just a few.
The looting was a heartbreaking setback to Brookins and other African-American aldermen, who know better than anyone how difficult it has been to attract whatever investment they’ve seen over the past two decades in their South and West side neighborhoods and how long it might take to replace it — if ever.